What does "persuade you otherwise" mean exactly? Is it an idiom?


I don't think so, but it sounds like something that might have sexual undertones. "May I persuade you otherwise" means roughly, "May I convince you to change your mind about this?" It's less wordy than the idiomatic 'change your mind', and it sounds more eloquent.

  • Thanks @Wolfpack'08. It's here link. "I'd like to persuade you otherwise" – phnah Oct 10 '11 at 4:23
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    Most readers assume 12 pixels is ideal, as opposed to 16 pixels. He wants to persuade them otherwise: convincing you that 16 pixels is ideal. Note that that huge red block is an "I". 'I know what you're thinking! "Did he say 16 pixels?"...' – Wolfpack'08 Oct 10 '11 at 4:31
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    I detect no sexual overtones in the expression in normal use. – Barrie England Oct 10 '11 at 7:03
  • Everyone's entitled to their opinion. Feel free. Here's my explanation of why I think persuade is a sexually-charged word: If you consider the synonyms, induce (labor), convince (con), prevail (conquer), you can see a some thought-provoking shades of contrast. Persuade is much more charming, and I feel it's used more frequently with charming characters in literature, than its alternatives. Suade also sounds like 'suede', which is lamb skin--not only does it feel lush, but it's used to make condoms. Also, thought to be a way of 'guiding' somebody, the word 'persuade' sounds... intimate. – Wolfpack'08 Oct 10 '11 at 10:24

persuade you otherwise - to give an alternate option over something that is already discussed,

e.g Mr. X wants to buy a property in this region but the Realtor wishes to persuade him otherwise.

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